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World Bank/IMF roles

Debate on the mandates and responsibilities of the Bank and IMF. Includes: Division of responsibilities, reform/abolish debates, mission creep, evaluation bodies, role of the Bank and Fund in conflict-affected countries, IMF/WB/WTO coherence and relations with UN agencies. read more background...

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Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply Call for IFC to reject funding

Comment|Marcela Mella Ortiz|24 September 2013|url
Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply

Chilean civil society groups demand that a controversial hydroelectric project, which is projected to have a negative impact on environment and Santiago's supply of drinking water, be reconsidered. read article...

Civil society meeting with Stewart James, UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank 15 July 2013

Minutes|Bretton Woods Project|16 September 2013|url

Minutes of CSO meeting with Stewart James, UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank, 15 July 2013 read article...

BRICS without mortar

News|Sargon Nissan|5 September 2013|url

On the sidelines of this week's G20 summit, BRICS nations are expected to reveal details of how their proposed $100 billion alternative to the IMF will operate. read article...

Memorandum to the International Development Committee Inquiry on the Future of UK Development Cooperation

Briefing|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|url

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed. read article...

World Bank's new strategy: 'deliverology' for the private sector?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

As the World Bank's attention moves from goal-setting to implementation of a new strategy, it is becoming clear that it intends to further prioritise the role of the private sector and adopt many practices of its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as the main pillars for the whole group. read article...

Leaked documents: World Bank strategy draft recommendations

Resource|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|url

Web links for the leaked documents about the World Bank's strategy. read article...

An accountability mechanism without teeth? Two Albanian projects under CAO review

Comment|Agron Alibali, Lavdosh Ferruni|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, is under internal scrutiny for two projects in Albania. read article...

IMF's labour pains

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Two April IMF reports purport to present a new view on labour market policy, however, they have attracted heavy criticism from trade unions as inaccurate and flawed. read article...

World Bank "short-sighted and cross-eyed" on fossil fuels

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

As the World Bank released a new report on the impacts of climate change and is due to discuss its energy focus, it defended its engagement in fossil fuels, including the Kosovo coal power plant. read article...

A healthy step forward? World Bank outlines vision for healthcare

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Bank president Jim Yong Kim has publicly prioritised universal health coverage and education however, critics worry about increased support for private companies to deliver these services. read article...

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